Airport security personnel walk out for the day
So far more than 40 flights have been cancelled at Frankfurt Airport today, the result of a security personnel strike. The union Verdi says the strike will last until 23:00.
“There have been 41 cancellations,” said a spokesman for airport operator Fraport.
This includes 35 Lufthansa flights. More flights may be axed during the day, the spokesman added, and long delays are expected.
Verdi wants a standard hourly pay rate of €16 for security employees in the state of Hesse, but employers have offered only €10 to €13 per hour. Security staff in other states get up to €15, the union said. But the Federal Association of the Security Industry argues that the demands are unrealistic and cannot be met. A meeting between the two sides is scheduled for March 5.
[photo courtesy Fraport AG]